The 3 millionth Toyota rolled off the company's UK factory line as it's been announced that the Auris HSD hybrid will be built in Britain.
This is the first Toyota hybrid model to be built in the UK and has been described by the Japanese firm as a “source of great motivation” for the British plant's workforce.
Using petrol-electric hybrid power, the Auris Hybrid achieves 74.3mpg and 89g/km carbon dioxide emissions, which makes it exempt from road tax and the London Congestion Charge.
The Auris joins the Avensis being built at the Burnaston, Derbyshire factory, while the hybrid hatch's 1.8-litre engine will be assembled at Toyota's Deeside factory in Wales.
To mark the occasion and the 3 million car milestone, Toyota UK's Managing Director, Katsunori Kojima, said: “Reaching this point shows out commitment to local production here at Burnaston and in North Wales. It is a fantastic achievement and we are delighted to celebrate the occasion.”
A commemorative tree will be planted by 25 employees from Toyota's 400-strong UK workforce to mark the twin announcements.